Pujara’s exclusion leaves him in the cold, says WV Raman


WV Raman, a former cricketer from India, has expressed his doubts about the exclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara from the national Test squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies. Pujara’s absence from the squad comes as a result of his underwhelming performance in the recent ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia.

During their visit to West Indies, led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian team is scheduled to compete in two Test matches, three ODIs, and five T20Is. These Test matches will mark India’s first involvement in the new WTC 2023-25 cycle. With the first Test set to take place in Dominica on July 12.

In a video shared on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel, Raman discussed Pujara’s exclusion. And raised concerns regarding the selection of four potential openers. While leaving out Pujara, which he considers to be another point of contention. Raman acknowledged Pujara’s significant contributions to Indian cricket, highlighting his role in securing victories both at home and overseas.

Overall, Raman’s remarks underscore the debate surrounding Pujara’s omission. And emphasize his belief that Pujara’s track record and contributions should have earned him a place in the Test squad for the West Indies tour.

“The problem is that they have picked four possible openers. And they have dropped Pujara, which is another bone of contention. A cricketer like Pujara has done a lot for Indian cricket. And he has been instrumental for India winning both at home and abroad on quite a few occasions,”

Raman said.

Pujara is a gritty customer: Raman

“He is a gritty customer. He was even elevated to vice-captaincy quite recently but a failure in the WTC final. So, he finds that he is left out in the cold. I think this is one decision that has not gone down well with many people, and I, personally, as well, I am not for it,”

Raman further added.

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